LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 16, 2007 — Holophone®, the leading manufacturer of surround microphones, announces that the world’s first camera-mountable multi-channel surround microphone, the H4 SuperMINI, has been licensed to include Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby® Pro Logic II® encoding technology, leveraging innovative technology from two leading companies dedicated to providing the highest quality audio and surround sound experience. Based on Holophone’s patented Surround Audio capture technology, the ground-breaking H4 SuperMINI — custom-designed for broadcast, electronic news gathering (ENG) and professional video applications — will be featured at NAB 2007 (Booth #N6034).
Broadcasters in the field as well as content creators will find the H4 SuperMINI with Dolby Pro Logic II encoding to be a valuable asset. The mic will allow them to capture ultra-realistic, spatially accurate, surround sound instead of the normal two channel audio provided by their cameras. Dolby Pro Logic II matrix-encodes multi-channel audio into two channels and allows broadcasters to efficiently deliver a compelling surround experience using their existing analogue or digital stereo infrastructure, which is then decoded back into surround sound by the viewer’s home receiver. The SuperMINI can be connected to any camera or used remotely for a variety of broadcast situations, including multi-camera setups for Point of View (POV) shots, live multichannel interviews, films, sports, and documentaries; the possibilities are endless.
“Holophone is dedicated to developing technologies to make the capture and playback of surround sound as realistic and effortless as possible,”says Holophone CEO Jonathan Godfrey. “Adding Dolby Pro Logic II to our H4 SuperMINI provides users with the ideal solution for capturing ultra-realistic surround sound and delivering it in stereo, making the transition from stereo to surround seamless in a wide range of productions.”
As with the entire line of Holophone products, the H4 SuperMINI provides an unprecedented opportunity to capture and distribute true surround sound without any additional system upgrades or software. The elliptical design and multiple mic capsules capture sound in the same manner as the human head, resulting in a recording that’s true to life and provided at an aggressive price point.
”We are excited to work with Holophone on the first microphone to incorporate a Dolby technology,“said Sabine Bravo, Dolby Laboratories senior manager of professional licensing. ”The technology utilized in Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI combined with Dolby Pro Logic II offers a state-of-the-art audio experience that will complement any HD broadcast.”
This licensing arrangement allows the SuperMINI to present superior sound quality to the end user as surround recordings captured with Holophone’s revolutionary product can be delivered over existing stereo infrastructure and be accurately decoded into surround sound using any Dolby Pro Logic II decoder as well as other matrix decoders compatible with Dolby Pro Logic II that are available on the market. There are over 53 million Dolby Pro Logic II decoders in consumer devices.
Holophone is committed to developing and commercializing products that use patented 3-D audio technology to bring the physical experience of “really being there” to a new level for all audio and visual productions by professionals and hobbyists. Holophone provides customers and business partners with industry-leading product and service quality. Holophone is firmly dedicated to providing outstanding value, excellence in service, and product performance.
Holophone® surround-sound microphones are patented audio recording devices designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face in capturing, recording and broadcasting multi-channel surround sound. Developed by Rising Sun Productions in Toronto, Canada, Holophone systems effortlessly capture discrete signals that are ultra-realistic and provide the most accurate spatiality, audio imaging, and directionality of any recording device. Entirely compatible with all audio mixing, encoding, and playback systems, Holophone also enhances mono and stereo mixes. Holophone systems provide the perfect front end for all professional and consumer audio applications including HDTV broadcasting, standard broadcasting of live sporting and music events, feature film location recording, and studio recording for music, films, and worship applications. Holophone surround sound technology has been used for numerous national and international broadcasts, including the Grammy Awards and NFL Super Bowl. As a scalable system, Holophone technology is also available for license to the consumer electronics industry.